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Sounds like he wasn't suspended for his questionable game management, but rather, agreeing to an interview by Greg Wyshynski about it.

For anyone who doesn't know, Wysh is a big critic of game management, and has called out Peel specifically a number of times. Just last week (Thursday?) him and Jeff Marek had it out over a phantom call on Ovechkin. Haven't heard this interview yet, but looking forward to it!

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That short article only mentions that he claims the league attempts to manage games to keep them from getting out of hand. Of course they do, thats why we don't have the bench clearing brawls we did 2 decades ago, he is not in any way eluding that the league is trying to influence the outcome of a game, rather that they are trying to encourage and open game without players running around trying to take each others heads off.

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So I guess the teams depending on the refs to make the calls will be screwed. Or rather, have been screwed.

I'm kinda done with my all-out conspiracy talk for the time being, but you know what? It really doesn't help the "NHL is squeaky-clean" case when stuff like this comes out.

Sigh...

NHL>Referee-led game management which turns into playoff series management. Check. Well, allegedly.

NHL's blind eye towards PED abuse which also affects a playoff series. Alleged.

Draft rigging to promote the success of certain teams. Alleged.

STS (subsidize the south) league-mandated trades. Alleged.

Looking at the big picture, all of these factors, whether or not managed by the NHL, help the NHL grow the game in new markets. It's all for the betterment of the league as a whole. I have come to understand this. And I suggest you all do to.

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Sounds like he wasn't suspended for his questionable game management, but rather, agreeing to an interview by Greg Wyshynski about it.

For anyone who doesn't know, Wysh is a big critic of game management, and has called out Peel specifically a number of times. Just last week (Thursday?) him and Jeff Marek had it out over a phantom call on Ovechkin. Haven't heard this interview yet, but looking forward to it!

You can read most of it if you google it. Says the call wouldn't of been made in a 1-1 game and told trotz and trotz understands

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I think it was more for the picture than the 2 blown calls...

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Tim Peel, his ‘suspension’ and how it blew up in NHL’s face
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The Tim Peel "summit" apparently had a casualty: Tim Peel.

The NHL indefinitely suspended Peel, an official since 1999 and more recently an object of scorn over a series of high-profile blown calls, for meeting with Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski at a New York bar, according to a report by Montreal's 98.5 Sports. Wyshynski, Peel's loudest critic, wrote a nice piece that ran on the website, focusing on Peel's side of the story and what it's like to speak, face-to-face, with someone you rip as part of your job.

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The 98.5 report, which was in French, seemed to focus on the fact that the 90-minute meeting occured at Foley's pub in Manhattan last Thursday. Peel was scheduled to work the next day and photographed with a shot in his hand.

It's also worth noting that the report said that Peel was suspended indefinitely; on Friday, he missed Penguins-Devils, then worked a Rangers-Hurricanes game on Saturday per @ScoutingTheRefs. So if he was suspended, it was for one game.

(The report also referred to Wyshynski as a fan, rather than a journalist, and failed to name him or Puck Daddy, which is ridiculous, but another issue entirely.)

Another possible reason for Peel's suspension, though, would have to be the manner in which he discussed two blown calls. The first was a diving call on Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen earlier this season. From Wyshynski:

But Peel knows it was a bad call, to the point where he skated up to the Ducks bench and apologized the next time he officiated an Anaheim game. So why make it? Well, because the NHL wanted a crackdown on diving, and with that mandate, he felt compelled to make that call.

The second was a four-minute roughing/holding call on Alex Ovechkin in the Capitals-Penguins game the night before the meeting:

Peel admits it was a call he wouldn’t have made in a 1-1 game, and wouldn’t have made without knowing that the NHL wants this penalty for the sake of "game management," in order to ensure a 4-0 game between two rivals doesn’t get out of hand. Peel said he went over to Barry Trotz after the call, explained it, and the coach, having seen this episode before, said he understood.

That's great, illuminating stuff. It's also not the sort of candor you'd expect out of a ref. Given that the league doesn't allow officials to speak with the media at all, it also wouldn't be a surprise to see them react this way over inside info on "crackdowns" and the adverse effect they can have on games. A shame, yes, but a surprise — no.

Still, the irony of the situation is unavoidable; Peel's mistakes didn't publicly get him in trouble. Talking about them apparently has.

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That short article only mentions that he claims the league attempts to manage games to keep them from getting out of hand. Of course they do, thats why we don't have the bench clearing brawls we did 2 decades ago, he is not in any way eluding that the league is trying to influence the outcome of a game, rather that they are trying to encourage and open game without players running around trying to take each others heads off.

The Vatanen call in question came when SJ was up just 2-0 and Anaheim might have been able to come back. After that most of the game's 165 minutes of penalties were racked up. The call did not have anything to do with the game getting out of hand, as it had the opposite effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqSSbsIuAvY

As Canucks fans, we're accustomed to blown calls all the time. Seems that Anaheim fell victim to 'game management' this time and Boudreau flipped his lid. Peel admitting that the NHL mandated this type of call just adds fuel to the ongoing ref conspiracy tire fire.

The NHL wasn't wise in suspending Peel for admitting this, as the story likely would have died. Instead, it's probably going to escalate. Whoops.

But like I said, it's all for the betterment of the league as a whole. So who cares.

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this is a big step in the right direction for the nhl. Would have thought the league would have tried to sweep this under a rug.

lol how the hell is this a big step in the right direction? They refused to suspend him when he repeatedly makes brutal calls but they suspend him for telling people about how the NHL manages games. :picard:

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According to Twitter he's not even really suspended:

Greg Wyshynski ‏@wyshynski

So, as I said last night, @985Sports blew the story. Good to know Ron Fournier reports news about as well as he ref'd NHL games.

Eric Engels ‏@EricEngels

@wyshynski @985Sports so, what is the story? he was suspended for a game, or not even suspended at all?

Greg Wyshynski ‏@wyshynski

@EricEngels It's semantics. He was taken off an assignment on Friday, and while it's too much to ask @985Sports to report it, back on Sat.

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That interview wasn't an indictment of anything. All he admitted was that when the NHL tells him to tighten up calls on certain plays, he has to do it. On top of that, he admits his mistakes to the coaches all the time! This is ground breaking stuff here as most people seem to think there is no remorse about bad calls. This just shows that at least Tim Peel owns his mistakes; just not in a public forum.

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That interview wasn't an indictment of anything. All he admitted was that when the NHL tells him to tighten up calls on certain plays, he has to do it. On top of that, he admits his mistakes to the coaches all the time! This is ground breaking stuff here as most people seem to think there is no remorse about bad calls. This just shows that at least Tim Peel owns his mistakes; just not in a public forum.

Agreed, the interview didn't reveal much at all. Of course games are managed. It's the suspension for merely talking to a blogger that will raise an eyebrow or two, and that will only lead to further digging into the story. Whoops.
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